PNWJETAA Volunteers: C-ID Cleanup 2018

Join PNWJETAA and other local community groups at the 2018 Seattle Chinatown-International District Cleanup! Last year’s event was awesome, and we had a group of over twelve volunteers!

REGISTRATION DEADLINE for this event as a volunteer is April 18th (Wednesday).

REGISTRATION IS MANDATORY via the C-ID Google Docs link:–EEM0cFgyadW8honSSmhxqjwCnLb7J4S10DWJ3ZatzbOw/viewform

– Under “Team/Individual”, please select ‘Pacific Northwest JET Alumni Association’
– Under “Team Captain”, please write ‘Cheryl Hou’
– Remember to select T-shirt size
– Remember to indicate allergies/physical limitations if applicable.
– If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to text or email to cheryl (at) pnwjetaa (dot) org.

PNWJETAA will be assigned a to-be-specified project in the area – think of our assignment as a lovely, lovely… SURPRISE. =)

Afterward, we’ll convene at a local restaurant and have a delicious meal of dim sum!

2018 Election Results

Please welcome your new steering council!!


The wonderful and lovely Adam Ledyard will be president! Thank you for your hard work as treasurer, and congratulations on your new position!

The wonderful and lovely Michelle Kato will be vice president! You came to the rescue when we needed a new place to meet, and you’ve helped out immeasurably already! We’re excited to have you on board!

The wonderful and lovely Samantha Corpuz will be secretary! It’s the psychic backbone of our chapter, and it’s great to have new people on (the) board! I think I just sent a friend request to a random child with your name!

The wonderful and lovely Zack WIlliams will be treasurer! It’s the fiscal backbone of our chapter, and we’re lucky to have somebody take the position that can combine responsibility with his laid-back, like-able charm!

The wonderful and lovely Jessica Record will be managing Transitions, our career and networking event! It’s logistically our biggest event of the year for, but Jessica’s got what it takes — in spades!

The wonderful and lovely Miranda Barril will be working on a newsletter! It’s a whole new project that takes a lot of discipline and vision to see through! Another newcomer for our chapter, too! Yesss!


Maybe if we’re lucky they’ll take a nice big group picture soon!

2018 Council Elections!

PNWJETAA is excited for a new year, and new council members!

If you haven’t already done so, please take just a minute see who’s on the ballot this year and vote!

Volunteering with our chapter is a great way to have fun, meet cool people, and help out the community. It’s not a big commitment, and it’s not too late to get involved. If there’s something you’d like to try, ask us! Don’t spend those warm summer days indoors.

PNW JETAA 2018 Annual Meeting + 新年会

Celebrating the Year of the Dog!

2018 Annual Meeting and Shinnenkai


Welcome to 2018 and how excited we are for it!

We’ve got a lot planned for the new year, and our Annual Meeting/Shinnenkai will be the place and time to find out all the upcoming events.

Join us to start off the new year with your fellow JET Alum. Our Annual Meeting will be full of news of our events of the past year, upcoming planned events of 2018, entertainment, a kid’s corner, and of course, raffle prizes! It’s also when we’ll announce our new officers (did you vote yet?!) and talk about our plans for the coming year.

Our Annual Meeting is open to all ages, and family-friendly! This is the time of year to come out of the woodwork and bring out everyone from babies to great-grandmothers, and reconnect with old friends and new.  It’s time to see new faces and new returnees, but it’s also a great time to catch up with your friends in JET that you haven’t seen in a while. Family members and children are welcome!

Saturday, February 17 at 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Japanese Cultural & Community Center of WA ワ州日本文化会館

1414 S Weller St, Seattle, Washington 98144


Special Pre-event prices:
– $15 for adult admission
– $20 for admission and two drink tickets.
– Children 12 and under are free with supervising adult!

NOTE: Tickets are Will-Call only so all you need to do is show up and give the name you bought the tickets under!

ALSO! Tickets will be $20 for general admission and $25 for the drink ticket admission IF you buy the tickets the day of, so get your tickets before the event!

After the Annual Meeting/Shinnenkai, all attendees over twenty-one are invited to attend our nijikai!

The nijikai costs and information will be a separate brownpaperticket, and is not included in Shinnenkai. Keep your eyes out on the mailing list, Facebook, and website for more information later in the month!

Nomikai + Networking at TanakaSan

Who: PNW JET alumni and friends 

When: Thursday, 2/1 at 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Where: TanakaSan – 2121 6th Ave, Seattle (Via 6)

Questions? Please email Sophie (

Join us for a fresh edition of Nomikai + Networking at TanakaSan. At this month’s event, we will be joined by a representative of Japan-America Society of Washington (JASSW), so come and take advantage of this opportunity to grow your network while sipping a sake slushy!

This event will follow our monthly council meeting at Westlake Tower, so please feel free to join the meeting for insight on our chapter’s upcoming happenings. We will head down the street to TanakaSan at 7pm!

TanakaSan’s booze menu is broadly Asian, with several varieties of the Japanese spirit shochu and its Korean variant soju, Asian lagers and Japanese whiskies, cocktails mixed with Eastern flavors like five-spice and ginger and green-tea ice cubes, and chuhai: the fruity, fizzy Japanese cocktails that TanakaSan brings to the table in the form of playful mix-it-yourself kits with cold-pressed juices. 

Non-alcoholic options include fresh fruit and vegetable juice combos, smoothies, coffees (including long-steeped cold brew and slow-dripped Kyoto coffees), mocktails, and a full slate of Remedy teas.




Council Positions

The PNWJETAA is looking for a few volunteers to help us in 2018! If you think you might be interested in getting involved this year, or if you know somebody who would be, please get in touch! It’s not too big of a commitment, we get to have a lot of fun, and you’re guaranteed to make some good friends.
Below are all the details on our council positions: All nominations must be submitted by January 31, 2018. One position per candidate. Elections for the open positions will be in February 2018 based on the nominations submitted. If you aren’t sure which position best for you, just get in touch and we can work something out.
  • Be a JET Program Alumni (Join!)
  • Be a registered member of a U.S JETAA chapter
  • Be in good standing with current member chapter
* – Eligibility restrictions may apply
EXECUTIVE OFFICERS – Full descriptions on the nomination form
1. President*
  • Be a current or past duly-elected or non-elected officer of a local chapter who has served at least one complete term at the local chapter level
  • Have attended at least one National Conference as a conference delegate
2. Vice-President
3. Treasurer (two-year commitment)
  • Be a current or past duly-elected or non-elected officer of a local chapter who has served at least one complete term at the local chapter level
  • Have attended at least one National Conference as a conference delegate
4. Secretary
STEERING COUNCIL COORDINATORS – Full descriptions on the nomination form

1. Social Coordinator

2. Community Outreach 

3. Newsletter Coordinator

4. Research & Development Coordinator

5. Media / Website Coordinator

6. Other (make a recommendation for a new position!)

PNWJETAA 2017 Bonenkai + Welcome Back JETs!

Please RSVP to and confirm your attendance! If you have dietary restrictions, please let us know!


Please join PNWJETAA in bidding farewell to 2017! This year has been a rollercoaster of events, including the 30th Anniversary JET Program celebrations from the Consulate, PNWJETAA, and JETAA USA. We’ll be closing down this year down with some delicious food, drinks, games, and raffles!

We’ll also be welcoming those freshly back from Japan (ooh, new alumni!!), and the many who are fresh here from other states and Chapters! Meet old and new friends, and celebrate the ending of one year and the beginning of another!

Location: RED LANTERN (Seattle, WA)

Cost: $20 Per Person (includes foods, two beverages of choice (including beer and wine), raffle entries for our awesome bodacious raffles, door gifts, and a trivia game to (not) end all trivia games!)

Afterwards, join us for some raucous karaoke at Venus Karaoke (event details to follow at Bon Enkai)!